Nicole Kidman Biography
Nicole Kidman(Nicole Mary Kidman) is an Australian actress, producer and singer born on 20th June 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on student visas. Her father was Antony Kidman (1938–2014), a biochemist, clinical psychologist and author, who died of a heart attack in Singapore aged 75. Her mother, Janelle Ann (née Glenny), is a nursing instructor who edited her husband’s books and was a member of the Women’s Electoral Lobby.
At the time of Kidman’s birth, her father was a graduate student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He became a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States. Opposed to the war in Vietnam, Kidman’s parents participated in anti-war protests while living in Washington, D.C. The family returned to Australia when Kidman was four and her mother now lives on Sydney’s North Shore. Kidman has a younger sister, Antonia Kidman, a journalist and TV presenter.
Nicole Kidman Education
Nicole Kidman attended Lane Cove Public School and North Sydney Girls’ High School. She was enrolled in ballet at three and showed her natural talent for acting in her primary and high school years. She says that she was first inspired to become an actress upon seeing Margaret Hamilton’s performance as the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ in ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
Nicole Kidman initially studied at the Philip Street Theatre in Sydney. At Philip Street, Kidman studied alongside Naomi Watts who had attended the same high school. She also attended the Australian Theatre for Young People. Here she took up drama, mime and performing in her teens finding acting to be a refuge. Owing to her fair skin and naturally red hair, the Australian sun forced the young Kidman to rehearse in halls of the theatre.
Nicole Kidman Career
In 1983, aged 16, Nicole Kidman made her film debut in a remake of the Australian holiday season favourite ‘Bush Christmas’. By the end of 1983, she had a supporting role in the television series Five Mile Creek. She began gaining popularity in the mid-1980s after appearing in several film roles, including BMX Bandits in the same year, ‘Watch the Shadows Dance’ in 1987 and the romantic comedy ‘Windrider’ in 1986, which earned Nicole Kidman attention due to her racy scenes. She also appeared in several Australian productions, including the soap opera ‘A Country Practice’ and the miniseries Vietnam.
In 1988, Kidman appeared in ‘Emerald City’, based on the play of the same name. The Australian film earned her an Australian Film Institute for Best Supporting Actress. Nicole Kidman next starred with Sam Neill in ‘Dead Calm’ in 1989 as Rae Ingram, playing the wife of a naval officer. The thriller brought Kidman to international recognition
In 1991, she co-starred with former classmate and friend Naomi Watts and Thandie Newton in the Australian independent film ‘Flirting’. Nicole Kidman and Watts portrayed two high school girls in this coming of age story, which won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Film. That same year, her work in the film Billy Bathgate earned Nicole Kidman her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
In 1995, Kidman appeared in her highest-grossing live-action film, playing Dr. Chase Meridian, the damsel in distress, in the superhero film Batman Forever, opposite Val Kilmer as the film’s title character. The same year Nicole Kidman starred in Gus Van Sant’s critically acclaimed dark comedy ‘To Die For’, in which she played the murderous newcaster Suzanne Stone.
The following year, she starred in the action-thriller The Peacemaker as White House nuclear expert Dr. Julia Kelly, opposite George Clooney. The film grossed $110,000,000 worldwide. In 1998, she co-starred with Sandra Bullock in the poorly received fantasy Practical Magic as a modern-day witch.[ Kidman returned to her work on stage the same year in the David Hare play The Blue Room, which opened in London.
In 1999, Nicole Kidman reunited with then husband, Tom Cruise, to portray a married couple in Eyes Wide Shut, the final film of director Stanley Kubrick. The film was subject to censorship controversies due to the explicit nature of its sex scenes. The film received further attention following Kubrick’s death shortly before its release. After brief hiatus and a highly publicized divorce, Kidman returned to the screen to play a mail-order bride in the British-American drama Birthday Girl.
In 2001, Nicole Kidman played the cabaret actress and courtesan Satine in Baz Luhrmann’s musical Moulin Rouge!, opposite Ewan McGregor. Her performance and her singing received positive reviews; Paul Clinton of CNN.com called it her best work since To Die For. Subsequently, Nicole Kidman received her second Golden Globe Award, for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, as well as many other acting awards and nominations. She also received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
In 2002, Nicole Kidman won critical praise for her portrayal of ‘Virginia Woolf’ in Stephen Daldry’s ‘The Hours’, which stars Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. Nicole Kidman famously wore prosthetics that were applied to her nose making her almost unrecognizable playing the author during her time in 1920s England,she bouts with depression and mental illness while trying to write her novel, Mrs. Dalloway. The film earned positive notices and several nominations, including for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Following her Oscar win, Nicole Kidman appeared in three very different films in 2003. The first, a leading role in Dogville, by Danish director Lars von Trier, was an experimental film set on a bare soundstage. Though the film divided critics in the United States, Nicole Kidman still earned praise for her performance. The second was an adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel The Human Stain, opposite Anthony Hopkins. Nicole Kidman third film was Anthony Minghella’s war drama ‘Cold Mountain’.
Nicole Kidman appeared opposite Jude Law and Renée Zellweger, playing Southerner Ada Monroe, who is in love with Law’s character and separated by the Civil War. The film garnered several award nominations and wins for its actors; Nicole Kidman received her sixth Golden Globe nomination at the 61st Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress.
In 2004, Nicole Kidman appeared in the film, ‘Birth’ which received controversy over a scene in which Nicole Kidman shares a bath with her co-star, 10-year-old Cameron Bright. Nicole Kidman earned her seventh Golden Globe nomination, for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama.
In 2010, Nicole Kidman starred with Aaron Eckhart in the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole, for which she vacated her role in the Woody Allen picture You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Her work on Rabbit Hole earned her critical acclaim, received nominations for the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and produced the film.
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In June 2011, Nicole Kidman was cast in Lee Daniels’ adaptation of the Pete Dexter novel, The Paperboy. Nicole Kidman began filming on the thriller on 1 August 2011 and The Paperboy was released in 2012. In the film, she portrayed death row groupie Charlotte Bless, and performed sex scenes that she claims not to have remembered until seeing the finished film. The film competed in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and Kidman’s performance drew critical acclaim and among nominations for the SAG.
In 2016, Nicole Kidman performance in ‘Lion’ earned rave reviews, as well as nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, her fourth nomination overall, the Critics Choice for Best Supporting Actress, the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, a win in the same category at the Hollywood Film Awards as well as her third Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress and her eleventh nomination overall.
In 2017, Nicole Kidman returned to television in the seven-part miniseries adaptation of the Liane Moriarty bestseller ‘Big Little Lies’, which premiered on HBO. She produced the miniseries along with her co-star, Reese Witherspoon and the show’s director, Jean-Marc Vallée.
Nicole Kidman Singing
Nicole Kidman collaboration with Ewan McGregor on “Come What May” peaked at No. 27 in the UK Singles Chart. Later she collaborated with Robbie Williams on “Somethin’ Stupid”, a cover version for Williams’ swing covers album Swing When You’re Winning; the song peaked at No. 8 in the Australian ARIAnet Singles Chart and at No. 1, for three weeks, in the UK. In 2006, while voicing a role in the animated movie Happy Feet, she provided vocals for Norma Jean’s “heartsong”, a slightly altered version of “Kiss” by Prince. Nicole Kidman sang in Rob Marshall’s movie musical Nine.
Nicole Kidman Movies and Tv Shows
- 1983: Bush Christmas as Helen Thompson
- 1983: BMX Bandits as Judy
- 1984: Wills & Burke as Julia Matthews
- 1986: Windrider as Jade
- 1987: The Bit Part as Mary McAllister
- 1988: Emerald City as Helen Davey
- 1989: Dead Calm as Rae Ingram
- 1990: Days of Thunder as Dr. Claire Lewicki
- 1991: Flirting as Nicola Radcliffe
- 1991: Billy Bathgate as Drew Preston
- 1992: Far and Away as Shannon Christie
- 1993: Malice as Tracy Safian
- 1993: My Life as Gail Jones
- 1995: Batman Forever as Dr. Chase Meridian
- 1995: To Die For as Suzanne Stone Maretto
- 1996: The Portrait of a Lady as Isabel Archer
- 1997: The Peacemaker as Dr. Julia Kelly
- 1998: Practical Magic as Gillian Owens
- 1999: Eyes Wide Shut as Alice Harford
- 2001: Moulin Rouge! as Satine
- 2001: The Others as Grace Stewart
- 2001: Birthday Girl as Nadia Sophia
- 2002: The Hours as Virginia Woolf
- 2003: Dogville as Grace Margaret Mulligan
- 2003: In the Cut
- 2003: The Human Stain as Faunia Farley
- 2003: Cold Mountain as Ada Monroe
- 2004: The Stepford Wives as Joanna Eberhart
- 2004: Birth as Anna
- 2005: The Interpreter as Silvia Broome
- 2005: Bewitched as Isabel Bigelow Samantha
- 2006: Fur as Diane Arbus
- 2006: Happy Feet as Norma Jean
- 2007: The Invasion as Dr. Carol Bennell
- 2007: Margot at the Wedding as Margot
- 2007: The Golden Compass as Marisa Coulter
- 2008: Australia as Lady Sarah Ashley
- 2009: Nine as Claudia Jenssen
- 2010: Rabbit Hole as Becca Corbett
- 2011: Just Go with It as Devlin Adams
- 2011: Trespass as Sarah Miller
- 2012: The Paperboy as Charlotte Bless
- 2013: Stoker as Evelyn Stoker
- 2013: The Railway Man as Patti Lomax
- 2014: Grace of Monaco as Grace Kelly
- 2014: Before I Go to Sleep as Christine Lucas
- 2014: Paddington as Millicent Clyde
- 2015: Strangerland as Catherine Parker
- 2015: Queen of the Desert as Gertrude Bell
- 2015: The Family Fang as Annie Fang
- 2015: Secret in Their Eyes as Claire Sloane
- 2016: Genius as Aline Bernstein
- 2016: Lion as Sue Brierley
- 2017: How to Talk to Girls at Parties as Queen Boadicea
- 2017: The Killing of a Sacred Deer as Anna Murphy
- 2017: The Beguiled as Martha Farnsworth
- 2017: The Upside as Yvonne
- 1983: Skin Deep as Sheena Henderson
- 1983: Chase Through the Night as Petra
- 1984: Matthew and Son as Bridget Elliot
- 1984: A Country Practice as Simone Jenkins
- 1985: Five Mile Creek as Annie
- 1985: Archer as Catherine
- 1985: Winners as Carol Trig
- 1987: An Australian in Rome as Jill
- 1987: Vietnam as Megan Goddard
- 1987: Watch the Shadows Dance as Amy Gabriel
- 1989: Bangkok Hilton as Katrina Stanton
- 2012: Hemingway & Gellhorn as Martha Gellhorn
- 2017– present: Big Little Lies as Celeste Wright
- 2017: Top of the Lake as Julia Edwards
Nicole Kidman Awards
In 2003, Nicole Kidman received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to her 2002 Academy Award for Best Actress, Nicole Kidman has received Best Actress awards from the following critics’ groups or award-granting organisations: the Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes), the Australian Film Institute, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Empire Awards, Golden Satellite Awards, Hollywood Film Festival, London Critics Circle, Russian Guild of Film Critics and the Southeastern Film Critics Association. In 2003, Nicole Kidman was given the American Cinematheque Award. She also received recognition from the National Association of Theatre Owners at the ShoWest Convention in 1992 as the Female Star of Tomorrow and in 2002 for a Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
In January 2005 Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban met at G’Day LA, an event honouring Australians. They got married on 25th June 2006 at Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel in the grounds of St Patrick’s
Estate, Manly in Sydney.
Nicole Kidman Husband
Nicole Kidman met actor Tom Cruise in November 1989, while filming ‘Days of Thunder’, they got married on Christmas Eve 1990 in Telluride, Colorado. The couple adopted a daughter, Isabella Jane (born 1992), and a son, Connor Anthony (born 1995). On 5 February 2001, the couple’s spokesperson announced their separation. Cruise filed for divorce two days later, and the marriage was dissolved in August of that year, with Cruise citing irreconcilable differences.
Nicole Kidman Children/ Kids
Nicole Kidman has two adopted children, with Tom Cruise, daughter, Isabella Jane (born 1992), and a son, Connor Anthony (born 1995). She also has two children with Keith, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban born in 2008 and their second daughter Faith Margaret Kidman Urban born via surrogacy in 2010.